Vanderbilt Law School Background Image

Faculty Scholarship & Impact

The Criminal Justice Program’s faculty is ranked among the best in the nation, including the top ten in scholarly impact, with both Christopher Slobogin and Nancy King ranked in the top twelve of all criminal law and procedure professors in the nation.

Criminal Law Faculty Scholarship

    • Owen Jones, “Parsing the Behavioral and Brain Mechanisms of Third-Party Punishment,” 36 Journal of Neuroscience 9420 (2016) (with M. Ginther, R. Bonnie, M. Hoffman, F. Shen, K. Simons and R. Marois)
    • Owen Jones, "From Blame to Punishment: Disrupting Prefrontal Cortex Activity Reveals Norm Enforcement Mechanisms," 87 Neuron 1 (2015) (with 6 others)
    • Nancy King, "Plea Bargaining’s Quiet Revolution: Managerial Judging and Judicial Plea Negotiations," Texas Law Review (forthcoming 2016)
    • Nancy King, Criminal Procedure (hornbook) (West 6th ed. 2016) (with 3 others)
    • Nancy King, Modern Criminal Procedure (West 14th ed. 2015)
    • Nancy King, "Jury Nullification," in Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford Univ. Press 2015)
    • Nancy King, Criminal Procedure and the Constitution: Leading Supreme Court Cases and Introductory Text (rev. ed. 2015) (with 3 others)
    • Robert Mikos, "How to Make Preemption Less Palatable: State Poison Pill Legislation," 85 George Washington Law Review (forthcoming 2017)
    • Robert Mikos, "Marijuana Localism," 65 Case Western University Law Review 719 (2015)
    • Michael Newton, "How the International Criminal Court Threatens Treaty Norms," 49 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 371 (2016)
    • Michael Newton, "Charging War Crimes: Policy and Prognosis," Chapter 28 in The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court: A Critical Account of Challenges and Achievements (Carsten Stahn editor, Oxford University Press, 2015)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "Policing as Administration," 165 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 91 (2016)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards: Revisions for the Twenty-First Century," 44 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 1 (2016)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "The Science of Gatekeeping: Using the Structure of Scientific Inference to Draw the Line Between Admissibility and Weight in Expert Testimony," 110 Northwestern University Law Review 859 (2016) (with David Faigman & John. Monahan)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "Teaching a Course on Regulation of Police Investigation—A Multi-Perspective, Problem-Oriented Course," 60 St. Louis University Law Review 527 (2016) (symposium)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "Plea Bargaining and the Substantive and Procedural Goals of Criminal Justice: From Retribution and Adversarialism to Preventive Justice and Hybrid-Inquisitorialism," 57 William & Mary Law Review 1505 (2016) (symposium)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "A Defense of Privacy as the Central Value Protected by the Fourth Amendment," 48 Texas Tech Law Review 143 (2016) (symposium)

Faculty Scholarly Presentations

Spring 2018

January 6: Christopher Slobogin, “Problems with the Kids-are-Different Framing of the Court’s Juvenile Cases,” on “Juveniles, Incarceration and the Constitution: A Conversation” panel, AALS Annual Meeting, San Diego, California

January 13: Sara Mayeux, “Critical Legal Historicism,” Stanford Law School, Conference Celebrating Bob Gordon’s Taming the Past, Stanford, California

January 22: Terry Maroney, “Judicial Emotion: Investigating Its Role in Behavior, Decision-Making, and That Mysterious Thing We Call Temperament,” Berkeley Law, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley, California

January 23: Michael Newton, “The International Criminal Court versus U.S. Interests: Shifting yet Stable?”, University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee

February 3: Christopher Slobogin, “Principles of Risk Assessment,” University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville

February 5: Michael Newton, “Making Modern War: Tensions and Teleologies,” Whitney Harris Lecture Series, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri

February 9: Christopher Slobogin, “Medication and Incompetence to Proceed,” Texas A & M Law School, College Station, Texas

February 10: Terry Maroney, “(What We Talk About When We Talk About) Judicial Temperament,” Duke Law School, Judicial Decision Making Colloquium, Durham, North Carolina

February 15: Christopher Slobogin, Faculty Insights Panel, Demystifying the PTRC and the Tenure Process, Vanderbilt University

February 15: Christopher Slobogin, “Principles of Risk Assessment,” Forensic Interest Group, Vanderbilt University

February 20: Michael Newton, “Investigating ISIS,” Levin College of Law, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

February 22: Christopher Slobogin, “A Defense of Risk-Based Sentencing,” University of Washington Law School workshop, Seattle, Washington

February 23: Michael Newton, “Complexity and Accountability: The Future of the ICC,” Center for Law, Ethics, and National Security, Duke Law School, Raleigh North Carolina

March 2: Ed Cheng, "Thoughts on Daubert at 25 Years," Defense Research Institute, Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Seminar, Nashville, Tennessee

March 5: Ed Cheng, “Moving Beyond the Witness,” University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Faculty Workshop, Toronto, Canada

March 6: Ed Cheng, "Fair Division of Attorneys' Fees," University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Law and Economics Colloquium, Toronto, Canada

March 10: Christopher Slobogin, Moderator and Organizer, Legal Scholars Panel, American Psychology-Law Society, Memphis, Tennessee

March 10: Christopher Slobogin, Discussant, “Special Session on Statistics and Law,” APLS

March 13: Michael Newton, panelist, "Halabja: Echoes of Genocide in Kurdistan: How can communities in Kurdistan and Iraq halt the cycle of genocide?" The Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States, Newseum, Washington, D.C.

March 16: Michael Newton, “Of Dossiers and Due Process: Current Trends at the International Criminal Court,” William and Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia

March 29: Ed Cheng, "Fair Division of Attorneys' Fees," George Mason University Law School, Law and Economics Colloquium, Arlington, Virginia

April 4: Christopher Slobogin, Criminal Competencies, American Board of Forensic Psychology, New Orleans, Louisiana

April 6: Christopher Slobogin, Moderator and Organizer, Big Data and Criminal Justice:  Equity and Fairness, Plenary Panel, Vanderbilt University

April 6: Sara MayeuxIdaho Law Review Symposium on Terry v. Ohio at 50, University of Idaho College of Law, Boise, Idaho

April 9: Terry Maroney, “(What We Talk About When We Talk About) Judicial Temperament,” University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida

April 13-14: Christopher Slobogin, “A Defense of Risk-Based Sentencing,” Conference on Risk-Based Sentencing, Oxford University, England

April 16: Michael Newton, “A Critical Assessment of the United States Department of Defense Law of War Manual.” Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway, Ireland

April 23: Christopher Slobogin, “Social Science and the Fourth Amendment,” University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville

April 26: Ed Cheng, “Beyond Fake News: Lay Decisions About Expert Topics,” Lund University Faculty of Law, Colloquium on Evidence Theory, Lund, Sweden

May 15: Christopher Slobogin, “Medication and Incompetence to Proceed,” Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May 29: Michael Newton, “Non-International Armed Conflict in the Current Context,” Fugh Symposium, Center for Law and Military Operations (CLAMO) at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS), Charlottesville Virginia

May 30: Christopher Slobogin, “Policing and the Cloud: Five Regulatory Categories,” Privacy Law Scholars’ Conference, Washington, D.C.

June 8: Sara Mayeux, "The Warren Court in Historical Perspective: Criminal Procedure as a State-building Project," Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada


Media Commentary

Opinion: Tennessean: Billy Irick should not be executed - August 8, 2018 - Christopher Slobogin

The Tennessean: Prosecutors are fighting new Tennessee guideline on sharing evidence that helps defendants - July 23, 2018 - Christopher Slobogin

BBC: Do long prison sentences deter crime? - May 16, 2018 -  Christopher Slobogin

Wall Street Journal: Lawyer’s office is unusual target for federal agents - April 10, 2018 - Christopher Slobogin

The Wall Street Journal: States consider laws allowing courts to take guns from dangerous people - March 2, 2018 -  Christopher Slobogin

The Washington Post: The Health 202: Here’s one reason the Florida shooter wasn’t blocked from getting a gun - February 23, 2018 - Christopher Slobogin

ABC News: What’s next in the Mueller investigation into Russian interference - October 31, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Mashable: Google Clips is a camera that snaps its own pics, but some have privacy concerns - October 10, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

The New York Times Magazine: When ‘Not Guilty’ is a Life Sentence - September 27, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Popular Science: Your DNA probably didn’t make you do it - September 19, 2017 -  Christopher Slobogin

CNBC: I asked 12 legal experts if the latest Trump-Russia news showed obstruction of justice - August 3, 2017 -  Christopher Slobogin

Vox: I asked 6 legal experts if Trump obstructed justice. Here’s what they told me. - June 7, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

The Telegraph (U.K.): What happens if Donald Trump is impeached and who would be the next president? - May 22, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

News Archive